The Synergist runs programmes aimed at solving challenges which others ignore or have been unable to resolve. Our approach is a bit different. We’re not issue experts. We focus primarily on bringing the most important stakeholders together and building shared value, rather than trying to do it all ourselves. Given the complexity of the world we live in and the challenges we face, we’re convinced there is no better way.
The Patient Focused Medicines Development (PFMD) group, established in 2015, is an independent multinational coalition, managed in collaboration with The Synergist. Its goal is to bring together initiatives and best practices that integrate the voice of the patient throughout the lifecycle of medicines development, thereby speeding up the creation and implementation of an effective, globally standardized framework. PFMD seeks to have a balanced representation of stakeholders to ensure transparency, inclusiveness, and credibility. Stakeholders include patients and patient organizations across diverse areas of health and industry. We also intend to invite regulators, payers and other professional organizations to the global group to ensure diversity of perspectives.
The Belgian EUPATI National Platform (ENP) is an informal gathering of local partners who are interested in improving patient involvement in medicines research and development. The ENP is represented by a non-profit organisation (EUPATI BELGIUM VZW), which is a legal entity and supported by the European Patients’ Academy.
MEDAFFAIRS LEADERS FORUM
Over the years I have been coordinating a number of patient volunteering initiatives in Belgium, to allow myself and other colleagues to pause from the daily tasks in live and get closer to our end customers. Effective listening and observing can’t be done with a preoccupied mindset so I am motivated to continue these activities. Think big, start small is my motto.Work in progress
I have signed up to co-launch a Belgian chapter of the European Patients’ Academy because I am convinced of the value this initiative will bring. Educating patients to enhance patient involvement in medicine development is a high priority on the health agenda. I am committed to work with patients, patient groups, academia and other stakeholder groups to make this initiative a success.Work in progress
I will challenge myself and colleagues around the world on the language we use in our communication. If we want to be equal partners, we need to speak the same language. I will continue to share good examples of patient involvement to showcase the value it brings and motivate others to do the same.Work in progress